We all know that pushups are one of the best exercises you can do for upper body strength.
But not many people know of the “Hindu Pushup” which takes it to the next level..
The Hindu push-up has a lot going for it.
Leverage makes it a little more than a standard push-up, and it also brings a few extra muscles into play.
At the same time, it provides a stretch to the abdominals and the back chain.
Not many exercises can boast such a wide range of effects.
Here’s how and why to do it:
How To Perform The Hindu Pushup..
Start with your hands and feet on the ground and your butt up in the air so you form a reversed “V” shape.
Hold here for a few seconds, then bend your elbows as you bring your nose towards the ground.
Next, straighten your arms as you raise your torso, keeping your hips close to – but not touching – the ground.
Hold this position for a few seconds, then raise your hips as you push back into the starting position.
What Muscles Does The Hindu Pushup Work?
Just like a normal push-up, the Hindu push-up works the pectorals, the triceps, and the front deltoids during the lowering phase.
However, with your hips in the air, you increase the leverage, making this a harder movement than a standard push-up.
These muscles are involved again as you push the upper body up. Then the hip flexors, abdominals and front deltoids are then involved in pushing you back to the start of the movement.
Hindu Pushups Increase Strength And Endurance
Hindu push-ups help you to develop isometric strength endurance in the upper body, that is, the ability to hold a muscle in a given position, under a given load, for an extended period of time.
This makes it ideal for grappling sports like wrestling or jiu-jitsu, where you need to grab hold of and control your opponent.
Indeed, many people call this exercise the judo push-up because of its popularity with judoka.
Hindu Pushups Increase Flexibility
The Hindu push-up actually contains two yoga poses within the movement.
You start in the downward dog position, and the lower part of the movement is the upward dog.
The downward dog stretched out the back chain of muscles and the glutes, hamstrings and lower back, while the upward dog stretches the abdominals and hip flexors.
Give The Hindu Pushups A Try – How Many Can You Do?
Pushups are great for your health and the Hindu push-up is one of the best types of pushups you can do.
You can do it as part of a whole body warm up before sports or weight training, or you can try to increase your reps if you want to develop your strength endurance. If you want to up the ante, try doing it with a weights vest on!
Make sure you keep track of how many you can do so you can see your progress.